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Construction FAQs

Updated: Jun 6

When will classrooms be built?

The construction of stage 1, including classrooms, amenities block and learning centre, will occur predominantly off-site, with buildings to arrive in November. Carparking and services such as power, water and septic system will be installed over the coming weeks and months.

 

What will the buildings look like?

Site plans have been designed in line with the significant landscape overlay and farming zone considerations. Visual corridors maintain sight through the school site which keeps a low profile, following the contours and nestling into the site. The nearest building is set-back 33m from the roadside, with a 10m wide vegetation buffer. Single-storey buildings will be built using natural colours that blend into the surrounds.

 

Will students be riding bikes or walking?

Although Fullers Road is a well-used cycling route, we discourage students cycling and walking to school. As with other independent schools in farming zones such as Village High School, and Woodline Primary School, a new network of 12-seat school busses will operate.  The Department of Transport and Planning have considered the nature of Fullers Road and have endorsed our plans as carrying capacity is fit for purpose. A traffic engineer was engaged to design our on-site bus turning circle with appropriate on-site parking spaces to manage traffic movements on the site.

 

Will it impact farming operations?

The hours of operation and low-intensity nature of a school mean that local farming operations such as grazing will not be impacted. Existing milk tankers, cattle trucks and tractors will continue to move along Fullers Road as they currently do in harmony with residents. Agricultural producers are aware of their obligations to operate machinery and move stock safety along public roads.

 

What are the benefits of this rural location?

Establishing our school in this rural setting enables an education model that utilises the landscape of intertidal wetlands, agriculture and vista to enhance educational connection to place and opportunities for agriculture and horticulture studies, to raise animals and grow fruits and vegetables on-site.

 

How will the college consider the surrounding natural environment?

We are proud of the steps we’re taking to reduce our impact on the local and global environment during the construction and operation phases. Buildings will meet building code 9B which ensures energy efficient features such as window glazing, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, efficient electric water heating, natural ventilation, LED lighting, water-saving fixtures on toilets and taps, high level insulated walls, floors and ceilings.

Native landscaping will incorporate drought tolerant and indigenous species. A native planting schedule has already commenced. We are returning vegetation to the site, forming a natural buffer and improving habitat and biodiversity. 50,000L of water storage capacity will be installed. A Waste Management Plan will be implemented and reviewed biannually to reduce rubbish and recycling produced by the college. The CIC ‘Nude Food’ Policy requests families to remove plastic food waste and use bins at home. Biannual waste audits ensure that efficient rubbish, recycling and composting systems are in place.









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